Hobsons Bay Community Action and Leadership

Community Action and Leadership

Learn, share, act, volunteer, grow

Hobsons Bay City Council brings you a range of free online workshops, training and information sessions to support community action and leadership. These are for local community leaders, community groups, volunteer groups, community committees and boards, sporting clubs, faith groups, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and non-profit organisations.

All sessions are free and held online.

More sessions will be added regularly. Watch this space, or subscribe to the Community Development E-News to receive monthly email updates.

Please contact the Community Development Team on 1300 179 944 or commdev@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au if you have any questions or require additional support to participate in the sessions. 

Governing Community Organisations (12 & 19 May 2021)

Presented by Justice Connect, a group of lawyers working with not-for-profit organisations to build strong communities. Governing a Community Organisation will address the following; Legal roles of committee/board members as decision makers. Differences between governance and management. Legal structure and status of your organisation. Importance of rules/constitution and legal purpose or objects. Four key legal duties of committee/board members and much much more.

Wednesday 12th & 19th of May 6.30pm - 8pm, online. This is a two-part session.

Register here by Monday 10 May, 9am.

Acknowledge This! Learn how to genuinely and authentically acknowledge country (28 May 2021)

Acknowledging Country is a key step towards creating a respectful, safe and inclusive culture in your community group, sports club and volunteer organisation. Do you know the difference between Acknowledging Country and Welcome to Country?

Join expert facilitators Rhys Paddick and Emma Gibbens to learn the foundations for creating an Acknowledgement of Country focusing on the place, people and position you’re in. You will learn about the purpose and significance and have a chance to personalise and practice how you can acknowledge country in different gatherings and settings.

Friday 28 May, 11am to 1pm

Register here by Wednesday 25 May, 5pm

Online Volunteering (22 June 2021)

In 2020, there was a rapid shift to online (virtual) volunteering in many organisations, allowing volunteers to connect in new ways. Volunteering Victoria’s 2020 State of Volunteering Report found online volunteer roles have increased from 16 to 44 per cent of all roles. In this workshop, we will cover the fundamentals of online volunteering, including designing roles, keeping volunteers safe and staying connected with your volunteers.

Tuesday 22 June, 10am to 12pm

Register here by Monday 21 June, 1pm


The Three R’s: Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition (7 July 2021)

This interactive workshop provides participants with strategies they can implement into their program. Participants will use the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement to develop or improve an existing volunteer program so that they can successfully recruit, retain and recognise the important contribution volunteers make, leading to longer retention rates and a healthy workplace culture. 

Wednesday 7 July, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Register here by Tuesday 6 July, 1pm


A-Z Volunteer Management (15 and 27 July 2021)

This interactive workshop provides participants with a sound understanding of best practice volunteer management. Participants will be taken through each stage of the volunteer’s involvement, based on the “life cycle” model of volunteer management. Areas covered include: advertising and recruitment, induction, ongoing support, supervision and recognition, safety and risk management, through to the exit stage. We will also help you to identify your strengths as a manager/leader of volunteers and discuss how to build a positive workplace culture through values-based leadership. 

Part 1: Thursday 15 July 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Part 2: Tuesday 27 July 9.30am to 12.30pm.

This is a two-part session.

Register here by Wednesday 14 July, 1pm.


Bringing your ideas to life (2 August 2021)

So you have an idea for community action, connection, leadership or perhaps just fun? Do you need funds to make it happen? Where do you start? Bring your idea to this online workshop. Working with other people and supported by expert community ideas facilitator Debby Maziarz, you will tease out what local resources, funds and grants might be a good fit for bringing your idea to life! 

Monday 2 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Register here by 12pm, Friday 30 July 

Facility Improvement and Redevelopment (16 August 2021)

Unsure about where to start when it comes to improving or redeveloping your facility? Join the Sports Community team to learn about the different types of facility redevelopments, how to fund your redevelopment and, ultimately, how to become “shovel ready”. We detail the process from start to finish including the conversations you need to have, relationships you need to build and background information you need to collect. We review HBCC’s Sports Facility Needs Analysis, capital works program and the factors which influence decision making. For club’s not currently in the capital works program – we discuss how to create a compelling evidence base for your redevelopment or improvement and the importance of a well-constructed feasibility study. 

Monday 16 August 6.30pm - 8pm 

Register here by 5pm, 14 August 2021 

Child Safe Standards (2 September 2021)

Child safety in sport and community groups means protecting children from abuse, providing safe, quality experiences and empowering children’s voices. The Victorian Government’s Betrayal of Trust report and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse highlighted just how significant an issue child safety is within sport and that action is required now. In this webinar, Sports Community will highlight the seven Child Safe Standards - developed in response to the Betrayal of Trust report – examine why they’re important and how they apply to sporting organisations, leagues, clubs and associations. We’ll discuss how your club can protect children from abuse through policies and procedures, develop a culture of child safety and dissect a couple of real life scenarios and the best way to handle them. 

Monday 2 September 6.30pm - 8pm

Register here by 5pm, 1 September 2021 

Turning your idea into a project – support to plan and design your community project! (3 September 2021)

So, you have an idea for community action, connection, leadership or perhaps just fun? You have an initial plan, you know where to start, you know what resources you might need, but you really need a second set of eyes to fine tune the design. Working with other people and supported by expert community ideas facilitator Debby Maziarz, you will get the chance to workshop your plan and design, work through the details, and receive feedback to successful turn your idea into project that is grant ready. Bring your initial idea and plan to this workshop and prepare to share and receive feedback in a supportive online session. 

Friday 3 September, 12pm to 1.30pm

Register here by 12pm, 1 September 2021 

Community Grants: What does acquittal mean? How to finish our project and report back to the grant body. (4 October 2021)

Congratulations you’ve received a community grant! At the bottom of your letter you may have seen the word acquittal. What does this mean? Where do you start? How can you do this easily? Why should you do this? 

Join expert community grants facilitator Debby Maziarz to learn about how to make acquittals easy and ensure you are eligible for funding again. 

Monday 4 October 6.30pm – 7.30pm 

Register here by 12pm, 1 October 2021


Managing Rules (17 & 24 November 2021)

Presented by Justice Connect who are a group of lawyers working with not-for-profit organisations to build strong communities. 

This 2 part session will cover the following:

- Clauses that most rules contain

- Meaning of ‘quorum’, ‘proxy’ and ‘poll’

- Topics that rules must cover

- Changing rules legally, when and how

- Model Rules and other rule templates 

Wednesday 17 & 24 November 6.30pm - 8pm - This is a two part online session.

Register here by 5pm, 15 November 2021